International Development Law Organization

Assessing Ongoing Reforms for Gender Equality in Kenya within the Context of Constitutional Transformation

HIGH-LEVEL EVENT: On the occasion of the visit to Kenya of its Director-General Irene Khan, IDLO is hosting a high-level panel discussion on “Assessing ongoing reforms for gender equality in Kenya within the context of constitutional transformation”. The aim of the event is to take stock of development and challenges, as well as best practices, related to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The event is convened following the adoption of IDLO’s new Strategic Plan that will guide and inspire the work of the Organization for the coming years. Through this high-level panel discussion with key partners, IDLO looks forward to further shaping its gender strategy that will be informed by the Kenyan experience.

The Kenya 2010 Constitution expanded the Bill of Rights and introduced extensive provisions on economic, social and cultural rights and enhanced institutional systems for the respect, protection and promotion of human rights, including right to equality and freedom from gender-based discrimination. 


9:00 - 13:00 / Friday, May 5, 2017 / Villa Rosa Kempinski, Nairobi (Map)

Discussion 1: Perspectives from Key Public Sector Offices on the Journey to Equality and Ongoing Reform Processes, chaired by DG Irene Khan


  • Hon. Sicily Kariuki, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs
  • Hon. Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu
  • Hon. Winfred Lichuma, Chair, National Gender and Equality Commission • Hon. Judge Lesit – Vice Chair, Kenya Women Judges Association (KWJA)
  • Millie Luang'a, Member, Political Parties Disputes Tribunal

Discussion 2: Role of Development Partners, Civil Society Partners and Academia in Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 5 on Gender Equality, chaired by D-G Irene Khan


  • Dr. Maria Nzomo, Director, Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies at the University of Nairobi
  • Prof. Wanjiku Kabira, Director African Women Studies Center and Prof. of Literature at University of Nairobi
  • Dr. Linda Musumba, Founding Dean and Senior Lecturer at Kenyatta University School of Law
  • Dr. Ruth Aura, Former Chair, FIDA-Kenya, and senior lecturer at Egerton University

Concept Note and Agenda available for download below


Working languages: English


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Event participation is by invitation only. Please contact to express your interest in attending

If you have any questions or logistical concerns please contact Kimberly Brown at / +254711469962​

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Introducing IDLO's Strategic Plan

Justice is vital if we are to secure rights and dignity for all. Yet many around the world – the poor, women, children and youth, migrants, ethnic and sexual minorities – struggle to access it. IDLO’s Strategy 2020 is inspired by the vision of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its goals of advancing access to justice, combatting inequalities and promoting social inclusion. IDLO is ready to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in line with its mandate.

  Strategy 2020